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1984 NHL DRAFT PICK
Mike Peluso
Selected in 10th round
No. 190 overall by New Jersey Devils

Born November 8, 1965
Position: Defense
Height: 6-4   Weight: 200
BEFORE THE DRAFT
Last Team: Coleraine Greenway (Minn. H.S.)      
Birthplace: Hibbing, Minnesota (USA)
Hometown: Pengilly, Minnesota
PRE-DRAFT STATISTICS
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1983-84 GreenwayMinn. H.S. 125 1520 30

PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous:
Grew up in Pengilly, Minn., where his father worked as an iron miner.
NHL CAREER
Debut: December 28, 1989 (Minnesota at Chicago)
Numbers:  26, 44 (Chicago); 44 (Ottawa); 8 (N.J.); 20 (St. Louis);
8 (Calgary)
Stanley Cup: 1995.  Playing Status: Retired December 29, 1997
CAREER NHL STATISTICS
Years TeamsGP GA TPPIM
1989-1997 Chicago, Ottawa,
N.J., STL, Calgary
458 3852 901,951
CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS
YearsTeams GPG ATP PIM
1991-1997 Chicago, N.J., STL62 34 7107

NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost):
1992 (Chicago)
Chicago Records: Most penalty minutes in a season (408 in 1991-92)
Ottawa Records: Most penalty minutes in a season (318 in 1992-93)
NHL Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1991-92 (Chicago) (408 PIM)
NHL Playoffs Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1994 (New Jersey) (64 PIM)
Chicago Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1990-91 (320), 1991-92 (408)
Ottawa Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1992-93 (318)
New Jersey Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1995 (167), 1995-96 (146)
New Jersey Playoffs Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1994 (64)
St. Louis Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1996-97 (158)
1992-93: Played on Ottawa Senators expansion team.
Miscellaneous: Was first University of Alaska-Anchorage alumnus to play in NHL. ... Fought Basil McRae in second period of his first NHL game. ... Missed part of 1990-91 season with bruised jaw and cheek, an injury suffered when the puck hit him in the face during Chicago's Nov. 8, 1990, game vs. Edmonton. He did not return to action until Chicago assigned him to Indianapolis (IHL) on Dec. 3, 1990. He was later recalled to Chicago on Dec. 16, 1990. ... Recorded third-highest single-season penalty-minutes total in NHL history when he led the league with 408 PIM in 1991-92. ... Left unprotected by Chicago for 1992 NHL Expansion Draft. He was claimed by Ottawa on June 18, 1992. ... Suspended by NHL for one game during 1992-93 season for receiving his third game-misconduct penalty of the season during Ottawa's Jan. 29, 1993, game at Montreal. ... Missed part of 1992-93 season with pinched nerve in neck, an injury suffered during Ottawa's March 27, 1993, game at Montreal. He did not return to action until Ottawa's April 1, 1993, game vs. Quebec. ... Tied for Ottawa team lead with 81 games played in 1992-93. ... Missed part of 1993-94 season with hand injury, suffered during New Jersey's Oct. 16, 1993, game at N.Y. Islanders. He did not return to action until New Jersey's Oct. 26, 1993, game vs. Montreal. ... Missed part of 1993-94 season with concussion, an injury suffered when his helmet came off and his head hit the ice while fighting Tony Twist at 5:07 of the third period during New Jersey's Dec. 18, 1993, game at Quebec. He did not return to action until New Jersey's Dec. 23, 1993, game vs. Toronto. ... Suspended by NHL for one game during 1993-94 season for receiving his third game misconduct of season during New Jersey's Jan. 4, 1994, game vs. N.Y. Islanders. ... Suspended by NHL for two games during 1993-94 season for receiving his fourth game misconduct of season during New Jersey's Feb. 2, 1994, game vs. Buffalo. He did not return to action until New Jersey's Feb. 10, 1994, game vs. Vancouver. ... Suspended by NHL for three games during 1993-94 season for receiving his fifth game misconduct of the season during New Jersey's March 5, 1994, game vs. Calgary. He did not return to action until New Jersey's March 13, 1994, game vs. Dallas. ... Played on line with Bobby Holik and Randy McKay for New Jersey in latter portion of 1993-94 season. ... Missed part of 1994 playoffs with hip injury, suffered during Game 6 of New Jersey's first-round series at Buffalo on April 27, 1994. He did not return to action until Game 3 of New Jersey's second-round series at Boston on May 5, 1994. ... Missed part of 1995 season with sore neck, an injury suffered during New Jersey's March 8, 1995, game at N.Y. Rangers. ... Played on "Crash Line" with Bobby Holik and Randy McKay for New Jersey in 1995 and 1995-96 seasons. ... Missed part of 1995 season with the flu, an illness contracted in April 1995. ... Fined $1,000 by NHL for elbowing Jozef Stumpel in the face during Game 3 of New Jersey's first-round playoff series vs. Boston on May 10, 1994. ... Missed part of 1995-96 season with bruised right shoulder, an injury suffered during New Jersey's Oct. 12, 1995, game vs. Winnipeg. He did not return to action until New Jersey's Oct. 19, 1995, game vs. Detroit. ... Missed part of 1995-96 season with stiff neck, an injury suffered during New Jersey's Jan. 30, 1996, game at Vancouver. ... Missed part of 1995-96 season with sore left leg, an injury suffered during New Jersey's Feb. 21, 1996, game vs. Florida. He did not return to action until New Jersey's March 1, 1996, game vs. N.Y. Islanders. ... Missed part of 1995-96 season with strained left knee, an injury suffered when he was checked by Darius Kasparaitis during New Jersey's March 1, 1996, game vs. N.Y. Islanders. He did not return to action until New Jersey's April 2, 1996, game at N.Y. Rangers. ... Missed part of 1996-97 season with dislocated right shoulder, an injury suffered in St. Louis' Dec. 22, 1996, game vs. Los Angeles. He did not return to action until St. Louis' Jan. 20, 1997, game at N.Y. Islanders. ... Rights transferred by St. Louis to N.Y. Rangers as compensation for St. Louis' June 9, 1997, signing Rangers vice-president of player personnel Larry Pleau to become the Blues' general manager. Peluso was sent to N.Y. Rangers on June 21, 1997, but he never played for parent team. ... Left unprotected by N.Y. Rangers for 1997 NHL Waiver Draft. He was claimed by Calgary on Sept. 28, 1997. ... Missed remainder of 1997-98 season with strained neck, an injury suffered during Calgary's Dec. Nov. 23, 1997, game at Carolina. The injury ended his career, because doctors told him he risked permanent damage if he continued to play. Heeding doctors' advice, he opted to retire at the end of December 1997.
Peluso's Big Suspension: The NHL suspended Peluso for 10 games (automatic suspension) during the 1990-91 season for coming off the bench during a second-period fight between teammate Dave Manson and Scott Stevens in Chicago's March 17, 1991, game vs. St. Louis -- a game later dubbed the "St. Patrick's Day Massacre." The NHL ruled that Chicago coach Mike Keenan had deliberately sent Peluso and Stu Grimson out to fight St. Louis stars Adam Oates and Brett Hull as retribution for an earlier fight involving Chicago stars Jeremy Roenick and Steve Larmer. The NHL suspended Peluso on March 21, 1991. Keenan was also fined $5,000 for his role in the incident, and Chicago complained that Stevens, who had also come off the bench, was given special treatment because his suspension was limited to two games. As a result of the suspension, Peluso remained out for the rest of the 1990-91 regular season before finally returning to action in Game 4 of Chicago's first-round playoff series at Minnesota on April 10, 1991.
NON-NHL CAREER
Post-Draft Teams: Stratford (Ontario Jr. B); Alaska-Anchorage (GWHC); Indianapolis (IHL)
NON-NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
IHL Turner Cup:
1990 (Indianapolis)
Great West Conference All-Star First Team: 1986-87, 1987-88 (Alaska-Anchorage)
Alaska-Anchorage MVP: 1988-89
Alaska-Anchorage Rookie of Year: 1985-86
Alaksa Anchorage Mewhirter Scholarship: 1986-87
Alaska-Anchorage Thompson Award: 1987-88 (inaugural winner)
Alaska-Anchorage Most Improved Player: 1985-86
Alaska-Anchorage Captain: 1988-89
Alaska-Anchorage Records: Most career points by a defenseman (113), most career assists by a defenseman (92), most points in one season by a defenseman (37 in 1987-88), most assists by a defenseman in one season (33 in 1987-88)
Miscellaneous: Played for Alaska-Anchorage when school was in Great West Hockey Conference and a Division I independent. ... Shifted from his natural position of defense to left wing while playing for Indianapolis (IHL) in 1989-90. He would spend the remainder of his pro career as a left wing. ... Active in charitable causes during his playing days, including work for American Cancer Society. ... Returned to Minnesota after retirement and became coach of St. Louis Park High School girls' hockey team, holding position through 2004-05 season.
Personal: Full name is Michael David Peluso. ... Cousin of NHL player Mike Peluso (born 1974) and former minor-leaguer Tom Peluso.
HOW HE GOT AWAY
FREE AGENCY/TRADE: Peluso was not offered an NHL contract within two years of being drafted, and because he had already spent a year outside of college, he was eligible for unrestricted free agency when he graduated from Alaska-Anchorage. He signed with Chicago on September 7, 1989. Four years later, New Jersey got Peluso back when he was traded by Ottawa to New Jersey to complete a June 20, 1993, deal in which New Jersey sent Craig Billington, Troy Mallette and 1993 fourth-round pick (Cosmo Dupaul) to Ottawa in exchange for Peter Sidorkiewicz and future considerations. Peluso, the deal's future considerations, went to New Jersey on June 26, 1993. Three years later, New Jersey lost Peluso again when the Devils traded and Ricard Persson to St. Louis in exchange for Ken Sutton and 1999 second-round pick (Brett Clouthier)  on November 26, 1996.

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SNAPSHOT '84
Total Selected: 250
Forwards: 142
Defense: 88
Goaltenders: 20
Major Junior: 110
Tier II/Jr. B: 16/9
College Players: 23
High School: 47
Midget: 4
U.S. Junior B: 1
Canadian: 145
Euro-Canadian: 2
USA Citizens: 62
U.S.-Born: 63
European: 41
Reached NHL: 102
Stanley Cup: 20
Hall of Fame: 1
All-Star Game: 18
Year-end All-Star: 7
Olympians: 31
 
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